Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Make Your Septic System Feel Lucky!
The most important advice we can give our customers is to invest in preventative maintenance. I know I know…your budget is stretched thin and you think you can’t afford it. Well, consider this. Emergency situations are messy, expensive and stressful, while preventative maintenance is budgeted, predictable and averts costly mishaps. Wouldn’t you rather pay for health club fees and annual physicals to keep your body healthy knowing they will prevent a high-cost trip to the emergency room? Your body may look and feel fine, but it needs to be maintained on a regular basis to stay that way.
Eat Your Greens
Just as your body needs an annual physical, your septic system needs its annual inspection. This preventative measure is invaluable for detecting unforeseen problems and stopping early formations of clogs. Regular exercise and healthy eating habits are preventative measures for your body, just as bacterial additives and routine cleanings are preventative measures for your septic and plumbing. Be sure to include these in your preventative routine, and you’ll prolong the life of your septic system.
We’re Your Good Luck Charm
You’ll need more than the luck of the Irish if you trust just anyone to handle your septic needs. Your wastewater facilities need the care of a trained professional just as your body should have the care of a trained physician. On this St. Patrick’s Day week, make your system feel lucky by signing it up for a maintenance plan. Our technicians will treat it with goodies like bacterial additives, a septic filter, and a customized pumping routine. Spring is just around the corner, so get your system ready for the seasonal transition with care from the best in the business. To learn more about our 3-step maintenance plan or our other preventative maintenance services, Contact Us.
What’s the Big Deal About Sludge?
If you could see inside your septic tank, there would essentially be 3 layers of sewage. The top layer would be scum, the middle would be effluent, and the heavy stuff at the bottom would be sludge. Anything denser than effluent (waste, toilet paper, skin cells, etc) makes up the sludge layer. Eventually, this sludge builds up and must be removed using hy vac trucks.
However, this is not the only type of sludge. You’ve also got alum sludge which is a waste product produced at water treatment plants due to the use of aluminum sulfate. It’s usually kept in large alum lagoons or is spread on drying beds. To remove alum sludge, we use high-tech lagoon pumps that can handle up to 500,000 gallons. We also have a cable dredge capable of handling million-gallon projects. Then there’s the not so appetizing dry cake sludge which is basically waste from sewer plants that has had all the water and fluid extracted from it. Because of its tendency to be hard and sticky, it’s pretty difficult to remove.
We’re Haul You Need
No matter what type of sludge you are dealing with, Wind River has the equipment and skills needed to get the job done. Our sludge hauling services comply and exceed all disposal regulatory guidelines, so every job is done right! Additionally, we have plenty of disposal options thanks to our relationships with landfills and beneficial reuse facilities. To learn more or to schedule any of our sludge hauling services, Contact Us!
What Causes Your Septic System to Clog?
Who wants to deal with the inconvenience of pooling in the yard, sinks that won’t drain, and toilets that don’t flush? Unfortunately, clogs in your septic system can put a real damper in your daily routine. Stop wasting time and money on repairs by avoiding wastewater blockages altogether. Here is a quick list of 4 items that are known to cause clogs in your septic system.
- Plants and heavy items close to the leach field
Trees, bushes, flowers, vegetables and other plants should never grow near your underground pipes. The roots will find ways to get to the nutrient-rich wastewater inside the lines and break through them. You might also want to mark off the area where your system is located so you remember to keep machinery, vehicles or any other heavy items off of this zone. The ground may seem tough, but soil can compact under pressure crushing pipes in your leach field.
- Garbage Disposals
Although food is biodegradable, it does not break down in a septic tank. The garbage disposal does chop large chunks into smaller pieces, but these bits of food still make their way into your leach field lines. Eventually, they build up causing clogs. The best way to dispose of food is to throw it in the trash or feed it to an animal.
- Flushing Inappropriate Items
Product labels often say “septic safe,” but they are lying. Human waste and toilet paper are really the only things you should be flushing. Anything else will not break down in the septic system correctly resulting in clogs.
- Using Harsh Chemicals
Toxic cleaning products are also harmful to the natural workings of your septic system because they kill the good bacteria required to break down wastes. Use organic cleaning products instead.
Oh My Clog
Incorporate this advice into your household and add Wind River’s regular maintenance services for a trouble-free septic system. Along with routine septic pumping, there are other preventative measures we can take, such as installing a filter or applying a bacterial additive. These actions will further enhance the performance of your system and its ability to avoid obstructions. We’d love to help you maintain all your wastewater facilities, so Contact Us to learn more about our services.
How Does Structural Pipelining Work?
Pipelining is a win for everyone because it saves valuable time and money. One of our most innovative services, pipelining eliminates the need to excavate when making pipe repairs. Usually, only 2 access points need to be created to access the damaged pipes underground. This enables us to solve most drain line issues without tearing up your landscaping or replacing entire pipes.
With Perma-Liner’s Cured-In-Place Pipe (CIPP) system, a new pipe is essentially created inside the old one. A resin tube is inserted into the damaged pipe and positioned using water or air pressure. It is then cured to form a corrosion-resistant, watertight seal. For this method to work, the pipes must be at least 2 to 28 inches in diameter, but we have applications that can handle pipes larger than 28 inches. Take a look at these benefits of structural pipelining:
- Stops leaks and prevents root intrusion
- Increases flow
- No digging or damage
- Offers the same structural strength as new pipes
- An alternative to sewer repair or drain replacement
Beautiful on the Inside
Damaged pipes on the outside can still work like a champ when repaired from the inside. We are always looking for ways to improve wastewater repair methods, and this one is a true homerun. Wind River is proud to be one of the few companies in the New England area to offer this groundbreaking (or should we say non-groundbreaking) pipelining services. Before paying excavators to dig up your lawn or parking lot, let our technicians determine whether you are a candidate for this trenchless solution. Contact Wind River Today or Request Structural Pipelining Now.
Learn Why Garbage Disposals and Septic Systems are Not a Good Match
If you own a garbage disposal, you may have been misled into thinking it is perfectly safe to use if you also have a septic tank. After all, the garbage disposal grinds up everything before it can be harmful, right? That’s not exactly true. While it does indeed chop up food or other large solids into smaller pieces, these particles will not break down in the septic tank. Eventually, they make their way into your leach field causing clogs.
But I Love My Garbage Disposal
It’s true your garbage disposal is really convenient, and you may love it. But, do you also love spending thousands of dollars repairing your septic system? Probably not. The truth is, most people tend to throw all their junk into the garbage disposal instead of making the extra effort to use the trash can. Folks also make the mistake of pouring toxic chemicals down the drain to eliminate odors. If common household cleaners and other anti-bacterial agents enter your septic tank, they will kill the good bacteria that breaks down waste.
- Throw trash in the trash
- Consider feeding food scraps to your animals
- Collect grease and toss it in the garbage instead of washing it down the drain
- Use natural cleaners that are safe for septic systems such as vinegar and baking soda
Whether you have a garbage disposal or not, remember you still need professional pumping service if you have a septic tank. The garbage disposal may increase the frequency of how often you need pumping, but let an educated technician evaluate your system and household habits to determine the right maintenance plan for you. You might also ask a septic professional about installing a filter. This can be placed on the outlet line of your septic tank to block larger solids like food and garbage. That way, if someone accidentally puts a hazardous item down the drain, it will be caught before flowing into the leach field. To learn more, Contact Wind River Environmental or Request Service Now.
What Can You Do to Prevent Floor Drain Backups?
Floor drains are so handy when it’s time to clean, and I often wish I had one in my home so I could just sweep everything down the hole. Sounds like a great idea, right? Well, it is until all that trash clogs up the underground pipes, and wastewater gushes back onto the floor. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple and floor drains require similar care as any other drains in your home or business. No one wants to walk on a wet floor all day, so here are some things you can do to prevent floor drain backups.
Take Preventative Action
Depending on your business, the floor drain may be a simple hole in the floor, or it could have some kind of grate to keep bigger objects from going down the pipe. Either way, Wind River recommends adding a screen to the drain. Cheap and easy to find, a wire mesh screen will help keep trash and materials like mop strings from washing down and clogging the pipes. For best results, you’ll want to clean the screen often. You should also avoid dumping grease, thick or sugary liquids, and any kind of food down the drain. These items will congeal and form clogs further down the pipe.
Our Preventative Maintenance Services Will Floor You
Like other drains, floor drains are vulnerable to clogs and backups. We can help you avoid problems with preventative maintenance solutions designed for floor drains. We can install additional screens and filters and administer enzyme distributors to break down grease and sugar residue before it becomes a problem. Your regular wastewater servicing goes a long way to prevent major problems as well. Procedures like water jetting, pumping the tank, and cleaning the grease traps can all stop clog buildup in other parts of your plumbing which in turn, prevents wastewater from coming up the floor drain. Our licensed technicians at Wind River know your business isn’t exactly like everyone else’s, so we develop a plan to determine what your system needs to function at its best. For more information on how to prevent floor drain backups or to schedule an appointment for a customized maintenance plan, Contact Us.
Find Out How Large Weather Events are Handled
Municipalities rely on our services when disasters strike, and this includes those brought on by weather. After heavy storms and flooding, it’s not unusual for wastewater facilities to take a beating. Leach fields can lose their ability to absorb moisture due to all the excess water, and septic tanks can overflow. Flood waters also have a bad habit of carrying all kinds of trash and debris into catch basins, causing clogs that are quite counterproductive in a flood situation.
How Can We Help?
Thanks to our state-of-the-art fleet, we can easily handle the mayhem left from destructive weather. Hy Vac trucks, pump trailers and support equipment combined with a team of quick and experienced professionals are the ultimate solutions for cleaning up after large weather events. By adding attachments to our vactor trucks, Wind River technicians can quickly remove leaves and garbage from deep within catch basins. Our vactor trucks have even been used to assist with catastrophes such as Hurricane Sandy in 2012, where hy vac trucks were instrumental in cleaning up flood waters and removing debris from dangerous areas.
Vactoring will get a big job done quickly and efficiently while reducing overall labor costs. Let us help you get your community back to normal after weather damages hit. We don’t just handle storm recovery, of course. We act as a reliable sole service provider for all your wastewater needs. Sanitary community sewage and septic facilities support a healthy environment and even help to decontaminate the air you breathe. Contact the experts at Wind River and allow us to keep your town clean and protect its well-being.
Learn About ISDS Inspections?
An Individual Sewage Disposal System (ISDS) Inspection is a procedure used in Rhode Island to evaluate the condition of a septic system. With an ISDS inspection, the inspector will gather basic information, identify any problems and gauge the condition of the system. There are 2 types of ISDS Inspections.
First Maintenance Inspection: This is the initial inspection performed on an ISDS and its site to gather baseline information. All cesspools and tanks installed prior to 1970 are pumped as part of this inspection to better evaluate the existing condition of the system. First Maintenance Inspections involve the location of system components and are more detailed than subsequent routine inspections.
Routine Maintenance Inspection: This inspection of an ISDS and its site is meant to determine the need for pumping, establish future inspection schedules and to assess whether any repairs are necessary.
When Do I Need an ISDS Inspection?
Your local Board of Health will notify you by mail when you need to complete this inspection, and you will have 45 days to do so. Afterward, you will receive a report explaining the condition of your system, any maintenance requirements and a time frame for the next inspection. If the ISDS inspection results in a failing grade, more procedures will follow. You may have to make repairs or replace your sewage system, but consult a professional to review your options.
Who Can Conduct an ISDS Inspection?
Wind River Environmental has Certified Inspectors on staff qualified to conduct Individual Sewage Disposal System Inspections. They have been doing them for years and will work quickly to submit the appropriate forms to your Board of Health’s office. Remember, you can also keep track of this report and all other work orders through our online customer portal. If necessary, Wind River can also provide septic pumping service at the time of inspection. Contact us with any questions or to learn more about the inspection process. You can also Request An Inspection.
Happy Valentine’s Day! Learn About the Love Your Septic System Has for Service and Maintenance!
I don’t have any romantic advice for you on this holiday of love, but I do have some advice on how to show some love to your septic system. One of the most important lessons we can teach at Wind River is that treating your septic system with routine preventative maintenance will result in a long and happy life when it comes to your wastewater.
3 Ways to Woo Your System
Instead of roses and chocolates, invest in our 3-step maintenance plan. Incorporating these items will keep your septic tank and lines clean so you can avoid clogs and backups.
- Regular Septic Pumping – We’ll completely remove the sludge and wastewater from your septic tank or cesspool.
- Bacterial Additives – Adding an additive like CCLS helps the good bacteria in your system to thrive and break down
- Septic Filters – Install a filter to the outlet of your septic tank to stop large particles and other potentially damaging materials from entering your leach field.
Don’t Kill the Mood
Nothing will kill a romantic evening like sewage backing up into your bedroom or the stench of methane gas over a candlelight dinner. Just as your relationship needs attention and care to thrive, so does your septic system. It works day and night processing the very thing you need to survive—water. It’s easy to neglect something that is out of sight and out of mind, so take the time on this Valentine’s Day to do something special for your hardworking septic system. Spoil it with a preventative maintenance schedule, and it will return the favor with a lifetime of trouble-free plumbing. To learn more about our 3-step maintenance plan or our other preventative maintenance services, Contact Us.
What is the Difference Between a Cesspool, a Septic Tank and a Tight Tank?
All are designed to receive and hold sewage, but what happens afterward is what differentiates these 3 receptacles. With a septic tank, the wastewater flows to a leach field where it undergoes a filtration process. A cesspool is a pit lined with cement or stone and sometimes has an outlet pipe connected to another pit. A tight tank is just an enclosed tank with no outlet. Cesspools and tight tanks lack the ability to filter waste, and the sewage eventually contaminates the surrounding soil. For this reason, cesspools and tight tanks are outdated and illegal in most areas. If you live in an older home with one of these, there are likely regulations mandating it be pumped and cleaned out on a regular basis.
Experienced Techs Required
If you are building a new home, your only likely wastewater choices are a septic system or the city sewer system. This would be based on whether your property can connect to the public sewer system, and many rural areas usually cannot. If you currently use a cesspool or tight tank, do not be surprised if town regulations require you to replace it with a septic system. In the meantime, make sure you are doing your part to sustain the integrity of the environment by properly maintaining your cesspool or tight tank. Since these aren’t as common, newer service providers may not know how to clean them properly. However, Wind River has been in business since 1946, and our technicians have experience with every type of wastewater receptacle. To learn more or to schedule maintenance, Contact Us or Request Service Now.